In addition to holding a number of other socially-oriented positions through the years, Mary raised three of her own children, always mindful of teaching them the necessary values and skills through play and creativity. She has found that those same lessons learned through special education apply to all children, for everyone has their own needs, challenges, and strengths. Mary is now a Grandmother of three, dedicating herself to their joy and learning as much as time permits.
Mary is also a busy writer, with earlier articles published in magazines like “Today’s Parent”, in which she depicts her understanding and appreciation of the way that children think. She is also a long-time poet who has shared her work at various venues and devoted a great deal of time helping students and grown-ups alike to learn and appreciate the art of poetry. She is the author of Rising Intent’s current poetry collection, “Trees, Wind, Wishes”, and is finalizing a large non-fiction project that delves into the deeper aspects of reality and addresses our potential for joy and fulfilment in life.